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Bengals Michael Johnson carted off practice field

Initial reports are MCL Strain

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The start of NFL practice is something I personally never look forward to as a fan. I am definitely excited for my favorite sport to begin, but with the start of practice comes reports you wish you didn't see. For Bengals fans the news for today was a photo of Michael Johnson being carted off the field holding his left leg.

While seeing your clubs starting defensive end being drove off the practice field the news later in the evening helped as initial reports are not grim. Michael's early diagnosis is an MCL Strain. Stress levels can now be dropped for the Cincinnati fans as this could mean a simple few weeks resting and a brace. Much better than the (pun intended) knee-jerk reaction we all receive as the cart insultingly cruises onto the field an steals up your teams player. Expectations are Johnson to recover and be ready with more than enough time for week 1.